This season, 250 nests were found on the world-famous Patara Beach in Kaş, which is among the 22 most important breeding grounds for sea turtles in Turkey. It was determined that one of these nests is the nest of the endangered green sea turtle, which has not nested in Patara Beach for 9 years.
Patara Beach, which is intertwined with the ancient city of Patara, the capital of the Lycian League in Antalya Kaş, is among the longest beaches in the world with a length of 18 kilometers and among the 22 breeding areas of sea turtles in Turkey.
Sea turtles lay eggs on the 14-kilometer section of Patara Beach. The beach is used by holidaymakers from 08:00 to 20:00, and the sea turtles stay between 20:00 and 08:00.
Conservation and monitoring work has been carried out for 30 years on the ancient beach, which is left to sea turtles with the sunset. Conservation and monitoring studies have been carried out by Pamukkale University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Biology Department lecturer with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization General Directorate of Conservation of Natural Heritage for the last 3 years. Dr. It is made by the team headed by Eyüp Başkale.
IT CAME FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER 9 YEARS
prof. Dr. Headed by Eyüp Başkale, the team consisting of locals and foreigners identified and protected 250 caretta caretta nests this year. It was determined that one of these nests is the nest of the endangered green sea turtle, which has not nested in Patara Beach for 9 years. The green sea turtle was observed by one of the team members, Pamukkale University doctoral student expert biologist Ayfer Şirin. It was emphasized that the rare green sea turtle enriches the natural life at Patara Beach.
TRACKING WITH SPECIAL DEVICES
The team, observing the sea turtles on Patara Beach, is taking the nests identified under protection. Nests in areas where there is no human density are protected by subsurface cages, and those in areas with high human density are protected with both subsurface and surface cages. Beach and nest temperature data are monitored with special devices to determine the sex of newborn sea turtles. Thus, it is tried to estimate the male and female ratios of the offspring to be born this season.
The team monitors and protects all living things near the beach. Attention is drawn to the protection signs placed in various parts of the beach. Information in Turkish and English is given to those who come to the information office at the entrance. Sea turtles nest on Patara Beach between 15 May and 15 September.
‘WE ARE TAKING MEASUREMENTS OF THE MATTRESS TURTLE’
Specialist biologist Ayfer Şirin said, “I am working on sea turtles. I am working on the ‘Sea Turtle Conservation Project’ carried out by Pamukkale University with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization General Directorate of Natural Heritage. We are working on both the effects of global warming and the sex ratios of the offspring by putting about 20 temperature instruments. We take the measurements of the brood turtles we encounter during the nighttime work. We are doing the marking process. This year, we are working with a very large team of volunteers from Turkey and abroad. “Patara beach is a dense nesting area for sea turtles in general. We encountered a green sea turtle for the first time in 9 years. It is a species that has not nested on this beach for a long time. It is a species in danger of extinction.”
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